Dance with the Enemy by Rob Sinclair is a great first novel that introduces us to an excellent cast of characters, a great story, and descriptive details that will capture you and hold you tight. It's a great thrill ride full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. It's a great beginning to a series that has a lot of life and potential, too.
Carl Logan is an asset for the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) along with his boss, Charles McCabe (Mackie). Logan is troubled and broken from recently being captured and tortured by the world's most ruthless terrorist, Youssef Salim. A brief look into Logan's past helps to start painting the reason for his troubles but things are about to change. Frank Modena, the Attorney General of the United States of America, is abducted while in Paris and Logan finds himself in active service again to find and rescue Modena. Although most of the JIA committee members don't want Logan on this mission, Mackie stands up for him and shows his dedication and unique friendship towards Logan. Logan begins his search with unlikely leads and follows his gut to begin following the trail.
As Logan begins to piece things together he encounters Special Agent Angela Grainger of the FBI. While each is suspicious of the other, they combine their forces to look for Modena, as well as help each other resolve similar past issues. They are hot on the trail of one of the world's worst terrorists but was Modena kidnapped to supply demands for a terrorist group or are there other ulterior motives at play? The reasons for taking the Attorney General are starting to become blurred while relationships are formed but there is more at stake than just the life of Modena. Revenge and closure, betrayal and trust. Lines are crossed but this is what it takes to dance with the enemy.
Dance with the Enemy was really good, especially for a first novel. The one element I can't get over was the detail given in the book. The descriptions given of the areas that were traveled were amazing and made me feel as if I was actually there seeing what was being described. The sequence descriptions help me visualize the action as it took place, too, and it was very realistic. Nothing over-the-top, no overkill - just true to life scenarios that really helped make this such a believable story. Side note - There are torture scenes but they aren't horrible. I hate torture scenes in general but this was bearable and for that I'm happy. this would have to be the only issue I had.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you focused and the story was very well thought out. I definitely recommend putting Dance with the Enemy on your list of must reads.